|Today's destination: Mud Lake|
|Misty view from the trail|
|Trees and ferns|
|Mud Lake in a light rain|
|Frank thinking twice|
|Our lunch spot overlooking Pine Lake|
|Swamp lanterns popping up out of the muck|
By the time we returned to our cars, I was very tired and sore from the steep downhill, the nine miles and almost 3,000 feet of elevation. Although this hike is rated "moderate," I myself find it more challenging than that description. However, I'll be fine by tomorrow. I think riding the stationary bike at the gym has strengthened the ligaments around my knees and helps me recover more quickly. Another good day with some good company!